History was made at JFK 50-miler in Williamsport, MD on Saturday. For the first time in 48 years an active military officer won the ultra-marathon race. Airforce officer Brian Dumm of Colorado Springs, CO triumphantly crossed the finish line in under six-hours. (see slideshow) This event was orginially intended to challenge all military personnel.
It was clear after the race began that only the top three runners would be in contention for winning the 50-miler. The course record title will still belong to Eric Clifton, who won in 1994 with a time of 5:46:29. However, all three top runners were just minutes away from a record victory, and all three were in their mid-20s.
1 Brian Dumm COLORADO SPRING CO 5:52:02 7:03
2 David Riddle CINCINNATI OH 5:53:09 7:04
3 Jacob Edwards BOULDER CO 5:59:36 7:12
Because the top contenders were able to pull off sub 6-hour times, they will now be considered for the World Cup in the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU).
Two of our area’s favorite ultrarunners had a strong finish with competitors on their tails, yet neither were caught. Bronze Medalist Michael Wardian of Arlington, VA came in 6th place (6:12:07) with Johan Oosthuizen just 18 seconds behind. Wardian immediately headed out to prepare for his own upcoming 5K.(see slideshow)
Bronze Medalist Team USA 24-hour ultra team member Serge Arbona of Parkville, MD also held strong against his tailer Phillipe Rolly and finished just six-seconds ahead securing his 21st place among the thousand-plus ultrarunner entrants. (6:52:09)
Only moments later, the top two women came in across the mats. Amy Sproston of Portland, OR held her lead over competitor Pam Smith from Salem, OR. Sproston finished 21 seconds ahead of Smith; one can only image how the two battled it out on the course!
1 Amy Sproston PORTLAND OR 6:57:16 8:21
2 Pam Smith SALEM OR 6:57:37 8:22
3 Riva Johnson CARLISLE PA 7:08:53 8:35
See top mens slidshow and highlights
For more results from this event, click here.